From Botanical Knowledge
Native to Eurasia, Cirsium vulgare is the only thistle in North America with
bristlelike spines borne on the adaxial leaf faces. These structures are variously described in the literature as trichomes (“spreading hirsute,” “scabrous-hispid,” “coarsely hispid,” “rigid, rather pungent setae,” “prickly-hairy”), prickles, or spines (“setose-spinulose,” “appressed and dense spines”). My examination of cleared leaves of C. vulgare indicated that these structures are not epidermal outgrowths (trichomes or prickles) but emerge from fine veinlets within the tissues of the leaf. As such, they are properly treated as spines.
Facts about "Cirsium vulgare"